Category Archives: Natural ~ Alternative Medicines

Using Tai Chi and Qi Gong as Alternative Healing Methods and Exercise

A few clinical trials have assessed the impacts of Tai Chi and Qi Gong in individuals with different ailments. Tai Chi may enhance parity and strength in more elderly individuals and in those with Parkinson’s disease; lessen back agony and torment from knee osteoarthritis, and enhance personal satisfaction in individuals with coronary illness, cancer, and other constant ailments.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong may ease fibromyalgia pain and advance general personal satisfaction. Qi Gong may lessen ceaseless neck ailments, however, the study results are mixed. Tai Chi likewise may enhance thinking capacity in much older individuals.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong give off an impression of being safe practices, yet, you should always consult with your health care physician before starting any exercise program.


Natural Medicine ~ Formula Guide

All of us have taken vitamins, medications, and/or herbs at some point in our lives.  So, when it comes to extracts, capsules, tinctures, and teas, do we know what they all mean? Let’s take a brief look and put them into perspective.

herbal_capsuleCapsules: The medicinal part of the herb is freeze-dried, pulverized and packed into gelatin capsules.

herbs and essential oils on science sheetEssential Oil: Essential oils are the volatile oily components of herbs. They are found in tiny glands located in the flowers, leaves, roots, and/or bark and are mechanically or chemically extracted. Essential oil is prescribed almost exclusively for external use.

Herbs driedHerb, Dried: The flowers, leaves, stems, and roots of many herbs are often available dried at health food stores and Chinese pharmacies.

herbs freshHerb, Fresh: Herbs that are used in both culinary and medicinal ways (such as parsley or dill) are most often found fresh. They can be made into  homemade extract, juice, infused oil, tea, and more.

herb-infused-olive-oilInfused Oil: Made by steeping fresh or dried herbs in an edible oil. After a period of time, the herbs are removed and the oil used internally  or externally.


Juices: The extracted juice from fresh herbs can be found mixed with commercially prepared fruit or vegetable juices.Vegetable juice, tomato, carrot, cucumber and beetroot


liquid extractLiquid Extract: Macerated plant material is steeped over a period of time in a solvent or solvents such as alcohol, glycerin, and/or water. The steeped liquid is then reduced to lessen the concentration of (or entirely removed) the solvents.

Container with salve near fresh plant and dab of salve on tip of female fingerOintments: Dried or fresh herbs are steeped in a base of oils and emulsifiers (such as beeswax, petroleum jelly, or soft paraffin wax). After a period of time, the herbs are removed and the ointment packaged. For external use only.

herbal syrupSyrups: Syrups are usually a combination of herbal extracts and a sweetener, such as honey or sugar. Generally used for colds, flu, and sore throats.

herbal infused teaTeas/Infusions: Like any other teas, herbal tea bags are available, herbal tea can also be made with loose dried or fresh herbs.

Herbal tincturesTinctures: Plant material is soaked in alcohol. The saturated plant material is then pressed. Liquid from this pressing may be diluted with water and packaged – usually in small dropper bottles.

Ref: Natural Care Library ~ KAVA ISBN-0-7894-5191-3 – Stephanie Pedersen
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Brief Summary ~ Drug Interactions and Side Effects

Over the past few years I’ve noticed an increase of individuals taking their health ailments into their own hands.  They are slowly switching to natural medicine and finding that natural medicine provides them with the tools that they need to manage their health with and without the use of western medicine.

When seeing your physician, primary care provider, one of the questions they should be asking is; are you taking any herbal or alternative medications.  This will make a huge difference if they are to prescribe western medicine to help with your illness/ailment.  A drug and drug interaction can occur when two or more drugs react with each other. This may cause you to experience an unexpected side effect.  An example would be; mixing a drug you take to help you sleep (a sedative) and a drug you take for allergies (an antihistamine) can slow your reactions and make driving a car or operating machinery dangerous.  A drug and food interaction can result from drugs reacting with foods or certain beverages. For example, mixinDrug and Herb Interactionsg alcohol with some drugs may cause you to feel tired or slow your reactions.  A drug and certain condition interactions may occur when an existing medical condition makes certain drugs potentially harmful.  If you have high blood pressure you could experience an unwanted reaction if you take a nasal decongestant.

Up to now there have not been very many episodes recorded of drug-herb-vitamin interactions, yet since the first such reports were known about 10 years ago, a possible issue has been raised; that we know so little about herbs and vitamins and their potential for interactions with western medications.   By combining some herbs with drugs, it can cause a toxic effect within one’s body if the patient or physician is not aware of the drug, herb, or vitamin interactions.

Some interactions may include having an herb part cause either an increase or decrease in how much of the drug remains in the patient’s blood stream.  A reduction in the measure of medication could happen by some herb parts tying up the medication and keeping it from getting into the circulation system from the gastrointestinal tract, or by stimulating the production and activity of enzymes that degrade the drug and prepare it for elimination from the body.

An increase in the drug dosage could occur when an herb component aids absorption of the drug, or inhibits the enzymes that break down the drug and prepare it for elimination.  A decrease in drug dosage by virtue of an interaction could make the drug ineffective.  In doing so, an increase in drug dosage could make it reach levels that produce side effects.  Also, a herb might produce an effect that is contrary to the effect desired for the drug, thereby reducing the drug effect; or, a herb might produce the same kind of effect as the drug and give an increase in the drug effect, and thereby, not showing an increase in the amount of the drug.

  • Be sure to keep a list of all your herbal supplements and western medicines that you are taking.
  • Do your research on your herbal supplements and interactions it may have with other herbs or medications.
  • Always inform your primary care provider if you are about to introduce an herbal supplement to your list of medications to make sure that there are no harmful interactions.
  • Ask questions about your herbal supplements or medications

Book recommendation:  A-Z Guide to Drug~Herb~Vitamin Interactions (Alan R. Gaby, MD and the Healthnotes Medical Team)



Disease Evolution Table (DET)

Kingdom College of Natural Health “Healing Concepts”


LATIN NAME:  Lycium barbarum (or Lycium chinense)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Similar in appearance and action, the berries of both Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense are large, soft, and red.  The fruit is sometimes known as wolfberry.  Ripening in the summer, lyceum has a thick flesh and small seeds. In traditional Chinese medical terms, the two herbs are classified as sweet and neutral. Lycium barbarum grows in a number of Chinese provinces.

SPECIAL INFORMATION:  You should not take this herb if you suffer from an inflammatory ailment, weak digestion, or a tendency to become bloated.

TARGET AILMENTS:  Take internally for:

  • Night blindness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, and blurred vision.
  • Dry coughs.
  • Diabetes.
  • Sore back, knees, and legs.
  • Impotence and nocturnal emissions.

SIDE EFFECTS:  None listed


LATIN NAME:  Fucus spp.


Extracts of iodine-rich kelp, one of many forms of seaweed, provided an effective goiter remedy for many years.  Today some herbalists rely on another component of kelp’s stemlike and leaflike parts, an agent known as sodium alginate.  Because of its action, kelp is prescribed to aid in the treatment of heavy-metal environmental pollutants including barium and cadmium, and to prevent the body from absorbing strontium 90, a radioactive substance created in nuclear power plants.  Some practitioners of alternative medicine also recommend taking kelp supplements for thyroid disorders such as mild hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).


WARNING:  If you are already taking medication for hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), kelp supplements could worsen the condition.

WARNING:  Do not gather your own wild kelp for use; coastal colonies may be contaminated by offshore pollutants.

WARNING:  Check with your practitioner before using kelp if you have a history of thyroid problems or high blood pressure.

TARGET AILMENTS:  Take internally for:

  • Goiter, hypothyroidism, radiation exposure, heavy-metal environmental pollutants.

SIDE EFFECTS:  None expected


LATIN NAME:  Juniperus communis

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  The berrylike juniper cone, a purple fruit, is produced by female varieties of an evergreen shrub that can grow 6 to 25 feet tall.  Juniper is known for giving gin its tart bite.  It also acts as a diuretic, since it includes among its components terpinen-4-ol, which increases the rate at which the kidneys filter body fluids.  Because of this diuretic action, juniper is used to treat high blood pressure and premenstrual syndrome.  Juniper oil is thought to have anti-inflammatory effects, considered useful for treating arthritis and gout.  Juniper teas can be taken for digestive problems.


WARNING:  Because it can irritate the kidneys and urinary tract, juniper is suitable for short-term use only.

WARNING:  Do not use juniper if you have a kidney infection or a history of kidney problems.

  1. Animal studies indicate that the herb prompts the uterus to contract, suggesting that it may also bring on menstrual periods.
  2. Pregnant women should not use juniper, because it may stimulate contraction of the uterus.

TARGET AILMENTS:  Take internally for:

  • Bladder infections, cystitis, edema (water retention), digestive problems.
  • Menstrual irregularities and premenstrual syndrome.
  • High blood pressure.

Apply externally for:

  • Arthritis.
  • Gout.

SIDE EFFECTS/Not serious:  Individuals with hay fever may develop allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion when taking juniper.  If this happens, stop taking the herb and call your doctor.

Serious:  Juniper in high doses can irritate and damage the kidneys and urinary tract.  If you develop diarrhea, intestinal pain, kidney pain, blood in the urine, purplish urine, or a faster heartbeat, stop taking juniper immediately and see your doctor as soon as possible.